This Month's Picks

Sweep It Into Space (CD)

Dinosaur Jr.
Available for purchase on 04/23/2021, 12:00am
Dinosaur Jr. return with their first new studio album since 2016, Sweep It Into Space , co-produced by Kurt Vile. Vile also contributed guitar on “I Ran Away,” which is appropriately folky in a ramshackle fashion, until it hits the bridge and dips back into the band’s trademark fuzzy guitar sound. The band also explores new territory on the dub-inflected “Take It Back,” but there are solid classic Dinosaur Jr. tracks here like “I Ain’t” and “Hide Another Round,” often just a bit more melodic than usual. Then “Garden” is an interestingly half-swooning, half-toe-tapping number with a strong melody. More
Genre: Rock

Dirty Honey (CD)

Dirty Honey
Available for purchase on 04/23/2021, 12:00am
L.A. band Dirty Honey wears their classic rock influences on their sleeves with their self-titled debut album. The opening track,"California Dreamin’," is a blues/rock number with a Black Crowes vibe about the dark side of trying to make it in Hollywood, but Dirty Honey seems to have beaten the odds, earning tons of fans from their self-titled EP and its hit single “When I’m Gone.” The new album sticks to the heavy riffs and soaring, gritty/nasal vocals that seem designed to lure in the Guns n’ Roses and Aerosmith crowd. Singer Marc Labelle and guitarist John Notto definitely have the chops to pull off that sound. More
Genre: Rock

Like A Stone (CD)

Remember Sports
Available for purchase on 04/23/2021, 12:00am
Like A Stone , the new album from indie rockers Remember Sports, deftly handles self-analysis and dark humor through Carmen Perry’s warbly but direct vocals. The band invokes artists like Waxahatchee and Phoebe Bridgers with feelgood ballads like “Out Loud” and emo-folk tracks like “Materialistic” – amped up by an angular guitar solo or two - but they truly excel with the garage-rock energy of album opener “Pinky Ring.” Elsewhere there are elements of country and surf rock, giving Like A Stone a pleasant range of good songwriting. More
Genre: Rock

Let The Bad Times Roll (CD)

The Offspring
So-Cal punks The Offspring have returned with their first new album since 2008! The band describes Let The Bad Times Roll , their blistering and triumphant 10th album, as "the most cathartic thing we've done. The messages might be dark, but at the end what's left is that communication is important, working through feelings is important and most of all, hope is important." More
Genre: Rock

50 Years Of Funk & Soul: Live At The Fox Theater, Oakland, CA, June 2018 (CD)

Tower Of Power
50 Years of Funk & Soul: Live at the Fox Theater captures legendary soul-funk-R&B outfit Tower of Power with no-holds-barred victory lap concerts in Oakland, CA over two nights in June 2018. These historic, career-spanning performances include special guests Chester Thompson, Lenny Pickett, Francis ‘Rocco’ Prestia, Bruce Conte, and Ray Greene. More
Genre: Soul

Roped In (LP)

North Americans
Roped In is an atmospheric, intimate, and often spare album anchored by Patrick McDermott’s intricate guitar and the haunting pedal steel work of Barry Walker. Harpist Mary Lattimore and guitarist William Tyler also make delicate appearances throughout. Across the album’s nine tracks, McDermott and Walker use simplicity and the directness of communicating emotions through music as both a jumping off point and a parameter. It’s about the clarity that can come from quiet moments, and how those moments are worth sticking with for as long as we possibly can. More
Genre: Folk

G_d's Pee AT STATE'S END (CD)

Godspeed You! Black Emperor
The inimitable GYBE returns with another soundtrack for our times. As the heretical anarcho-punk spirit of the title implies, Godspeed harnesses some particularly raw power, spittle and grit across two riveting 20-minute side-length trajectories of noise-drenched widescreen post-rock: inexorable chug blossoms into blown-out twang, as some of the band’s most soaring, searing melodies ricochet and converge amidst violin and bassline counterpoint. Field recordings and roiling semi-improvised passages frame these fervent epics, and two shorter self-contained 6-minute pieces find the band at its most devastatingly beautiful, haunting and elegiac. Poignant atmospherics, noise-drenched orchestration, drone, hypnotic swingtime crescendos, inexorably-layered towers of distorted clarion sound: STATE’S END encapsulates every beloved facet of the band. Twenty-five years on, this new album is as vital, stirring, timely and implacable as any in Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s storied discography. Recorded and mixed by Jace Lasek, the veteran award-winning indie producer (and co-founder of The Besnard Lakes) who works with Godspeed for the first time on this recording. More
Genre: Rock

1975 (CD)

No-No Boy
1975 is songwriter/scholar Julian Saporiti's new album for his multi-media No-No Boy project. Saporiti tackles the complex issues of immigration and the Asian American experience with impeccably arranged folk/rock songs that include clips from field recordings. "Imperial Twist" leans toward garage rock with lyrics about rock n' roll and the Vietnam war, while "The Best God Damn Band in Wyoming" is a freewheeling folk tune about "a bunch of 'Japs' playing jazz." The elegant "Close Your Eyes and Dream of Flowers," with its delicate percussion and warm cello, talks about people stuck waiting at the Mexican/U.S. border. This is a strong set for fans of both indie rock and American history. More
Genre: Rock

Clouds (The Mixtape) (CD)

NF
Rapper NF follows up October 2020's emotional single "CHASING_(DEMO)" with CLOUDS (THE MIXTAPE) , featuring guest turns from Hopsin and Tech N9ne. The slow-building title track's lyrics reflect a highly relatable frustration with the pandemic: "Hanging onto songs this long is daunting...You doing all right? / Your year really sucked / Yeah that's what I figured." Wryly introspective, rapid-fire lyrics - deliberately void of expletives - are accompanied here by restrained beats and dramatic pulses of synths or strings. CLOUDS is a strong set of tightly constructed, accessible rap with a pop flair. More
Genre: Hip Hop

Life In Your Glass World (CD)

CitiZen
Citizen's new album, Life In Your Glass World , is energetic indie rock interspered with elements of both pop/rock and their early emo/post-hardcore style. Double kick pedal and driving rhythms go hand-in-hand with dance-y guitar lines and soaring vocals. The strong single "I Want to Kill You" is an example of this composite sound on its poppier side - despite a subtle, angsty scream in the chorus - while "Black and Red" shows off the edgier spectrum, with a guitar riff that sounds like The Hives. More
Genre: Rock